ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Dozens of dogs in Albuquerque have been sickened and died of a mysterious illness.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that veterinarian and Journal columnist Dr. Jeff Nichol says it is unclear what illness could be sickening the 50 dogs that have recently died.
Nichol says typically that many dog deaths would not be remarkable, as pets often develop cancer, kidney failure or heart failure as they age, but that the symptoms many dogs have been suffering do not link to those illnesses.
The pattern of illnesses was discovered by Amy Neel, whose 8-year-old service dog Joe, a border collie mix, died Aug. 6. An informal online survey she conducted found about 50 dogs in Albuquerque’s west side had sick or dead dogs all suffering from similar illnesses.
The symptoms included lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting and a loss of appetite. When tested, the affected dogs had elevated liver enzymes.